Right to Know Law: What are Labeling Requirements for Hazardous Materials?

Over the past few weeks, we have gone over information in regards to the Right to Know Law. Last week, we specifically discussed the chemicals that were covered in the Right to Know Law. This week, we would like to dive into information having to do with labeling requirements.

So, what are labeling requirements in regards to this law?

First and foremost, covered substances and hazardous materials in containers that exceed 1 gallon or five pounds MUST be labeled in accordance with the regulations. The label must include the following:

•    ALL chemical names of the substances listed on the Mass Substance List if they are in the container at quantities greater than 1%. If impurity, 2%.

•    The proper NFPA Label in the event that the chemicals listed in NFPA Code 49 exceeds greater than 5 gallons or 30 pounds.

It is important to note that containers that are labeled in accordance with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard will ALSO be considered to meet the objective of the Mass Right to Know Law. Containers must be labeled with:

•    Name of product
•    Health hazard warnings

Working with hazardous materials is risky, but if you handle chemicals with care and follow label requirements, you may be able to reduce the chance of an accident or issue in the garage.

At Wolpert Insurance, it is our goal to keep you educated when it comes to safety in the workspace. After all, we want to make sure you are not filing TOO many claims on your garage insurance. The more claims, the higher your premium may be in the long run. To conclude our discussion of the Mass Right to Know Law, we will be discussing training requirements next week. Be sure to come back for another lesson and quick wrap-up!